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June 13, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Student debt: Debt forgiveness disincentives individuals

I am writing in outrage at President Obama’s proposal to give “free” money to voluntary debtors ["Prodding Congress, Obama acts to ease student debt," Nation and World, June 9]. Just like the prior student loan-forgiveness program, it would unilaterally modify contracts between private parties, who have voluntarily agreed to a loan-and-repayment contract. It applies retroactively…


Comments | More in Student debt | Topics: college, President Obama, Rick Peterson

December 13, 2013 at 7:34 AM

When will we stop treating college education like a business?

Rising cost of tuition leaves students in debt and using the GET program

The rising cost of tuition is forcing more and more families to use the Guaranteed Education Tuition program [“Get this: tuition program no ponzi scheme,” NWWednesday, Dec. 11].

Along with that though is the understanding that the University if Washington is a business and they are looking to squeeze every last dollar from its students. With the rising cost of tuition, the University of Washington has also been accepting more students from out of state or out of country. When will we stop treating the education of the next generation like a business?


Comments | More in College, Education | Topics: college, GET program

July 3, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Education costs continue to increase

A new system of student loans is needed The level of student-loan debt is crippling the generation of Americans that is emerging into adulthood. [“Editorial: Congress must rein in student-loan rates,” Opinion, July 2.] The burden of this debt goes beyond the individual. It has consequences for the future of the country and its economic health….


Comments | More in Education | Topics: college, debt, loans

June 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Paying tuition with a summer job is no longer feasible

Taxes should be raised I appreciate Danny Westneat’s candor in exposing the myth of the self-made man in this country. [“Yes, we paid tuition with summer job,” NW Sunday, June 23.] He has rightly pointed out that his generation and the one before him were able to work their way through college because back then, college…


Comments | More in Economy, Education | Topics: baby boomers, blame, college

June 21, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Funding for higher education

Close tax loopholes, fund higher education Let’s stop kicking our children off the ladder of opportunity with tuition increases, inadequate aid levels and doubling of student loan interest rates. Since World War II, higher education has been the path to equal opportunity and good jobs in America. That’s how we created the middle class and gave…


Comments | More in Economy, Education, Politics | Topics: college, debt, education

June 18, 2013 at 6:32 AM

David Guterson’s Roosevelt High School graduation address

Pearls falling on boors I had to take a second look to see that these young people were graduating Roosevelt High School, and not the School of Boorish Behavior. [“Guterson heckled for gloomy speech at Roosevelt graduation,” NW Friday, June 14.] How sad, shocking and downright rude of these students and probably their parents! Nationally known local…


Comments | Topics: college, David Guterson, graduation

June 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

UW’s diversity requirement

Require U.S. history instead The UW is not a liberal-arts college and diversity courses should not be a requirement if you are in math, engineering, business, computers, etc. [“UW to require diversity course,” NWMonday, June 10]. This seems to be politically driven by some minority students. I believe that all students, including minority students, would be…


Comments | Topics: college, diversity, diversity requirement

May 20, 2013 at 6:37 AM

The cost of a college education

Do the math There have been numerous articles on the burden of student debt on college graduates citing loan balances of $80,000, $100,000 or more [“Student debt hurts more than just grads,”, May 10]. I am a firm believer in availability of a college education for anyone who desires one, and in Washington there are many…


Comments | More in Education, Education reform | Topics: college, education, tuition

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